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Discoveries in American Art is the leading online publication announcing discoveries (and rediscoveries). The synergy of five key features clearly distinguish our publication from any other in the art market:

“The irrational exuberance of the contemporary art market is about the breeding of money, not the fertility of art — and that commercially precious works have become the monkey-organs of money. Only art that makes money finds its way into the textbooks, which sometimes seem like rationalizations of auction results. Official art history tends to follow the lead of the art markets, consciously as well as unconsciously. Just take a look at what’s left out of the textbooks.”

Monkey Organ– Donald Kuspit, Member, Curatorial Board (from a lecture at the New York Studio School, Feb 22, 2007)

Focus

DIAA is the only publication whose special niche is the exploration of the lives and works of significant artists who were marginalized or who slipped through the cracks of art history — always for fascinating reasons. The majority of artists are late career or deceased.

Curated Exhibitions

One or more exhibitions and critical essays represent each artist’s collection. All artists have been identified and submitted by members of our Curatorial Board. This growing group of art historians conducts a strict vetting process where all eyes are focused on quality, innovation, and historical significance.

Scholarship

DIAA joins the ranks of scholarly art journals, not the popular art magazines that depend upon paid display advertising and subscribers. Every artist is represented by a critical biography, and you will discover that their back-stories are as compelling as their art. Additional thematic essays are often featured. In an art world too often filled with hype and fluff, here are artists validated for inclusion as significant chapters in our art history.

Transactions

DIAA is the only publication where you will find you can purchase certain of the works illustrated in our articles and exhibitions. These are marked “Inquire.” They are offered by artist trusts, estates, foundations, and their exclusive representatives — and we connect you directly with them.

Our approach to offering art is grounded in the maxim that scholarship — with an eye for quality as its corollary — provides the smartest guide for collectors. The direct benefit of this maxim is that there is simply no greater value proposition in the art market. Just compare our artists’ works with those by their more famous peers fetching huge prices and you’ll discover these prices are on the ground floor — with nowhere to go but up.

We also urge you to compare our artists’ works with the hundreds of commercial websites enticing artists to consign and display their art.  The biggest of these platforms posts hundreds of thousands of works. None of those websites are curated. So, when it comes to quality don’t be surprised when you’re disappointed by art that is derivative, inept, or simply boring. That’s to be expected with any “pay to play” business. Instead, our Curatorial Board has solved that problem. Owing to our vetting process you will discover real collecting opportunities.

Education: DIAA is the only publication opening doors to discoveries that encourage everyone interested in art to think out of the box — and see out of the box. You will learn about artists whose lives and works matter. In Letters to a Young Poet (1929) Rainer Maria Rilke explained beautifully that even before our Curatorial Board discovered the significance of our artists, their works were maturing quietly for decades, waiting for us:

“In this there is no measuring with time, a year doesn’t matter, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means: not numbering and counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterward summer may not come. It does come. But it comes only to those who are patient, who are there as if eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly silent and vast. I learn it every day of my life, learn it with pain I am grateful for: patience is everything!”

Summer does come.

Here is art that matters.                                                          
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